Cast Away

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Flawed but fascinating, Cast Away offers an intelligent script, some of Robert Zemeckis' most mature directing, and a showcase performance from Tom Hanks.



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An exploration of human survival and the ability of fate to alter even the tidiest of lives with one major event, Cast Away tells the story of Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), a Federal Express engineer who devotes most of his life to his troubleshooting job. His girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt) is often neglected by his dedication to work, and his compulsive personality suggests a conflicted man. But on Christmas Eve, Chuck proposes marriage to Kelly right before embarking on a large assignment. On the assignment, a plane crash strands Chuck on a remote island, and his fast-paced life is slowed to a crawl, as he is miles removed from any human contact. Finding solace only in a volleyball that he befriends, Chuck must now learn to endure the emotional and physical stress of his new life, unsure of when he may return to the civilization he knew before. Cast Away reunites star Hanks with director Robert Zemeckis, their first film together since 1994's Oscar-winning Forrest Gump. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi


Tom Hanks
as Chuck Noland
Helen Hunt
as Kelly Frears
Lari White
as Bettina Peterson
Geoffrey Blake
as Maynard Graham
Jenifer Lewis
as Becca Twig
David Allen Brooks
as Dick Peterson
Nan Martin
as Kelly's Mother
Anne Bellamy
as Anne Larson
Chris Noth
as Jerry Lovett
Dennis Letts
as Dennis Larson
Wendy Worthington
as Wendy Larson
Skye McKenzie
as Skye Larson
Valerie Wildman
as Virginia Larson
John Duerler
as John Larson
Steve Monroe
as Steve Larson
Ashley Trefger
as Lindsey Larson
Lindsey Trefger
as Lindsey Larson
Alyssa Gainer
as Katie Larson
Kaitlyn Gainer
as Katie Larson
Lauren Gainer
as Katie Larson
Albert Pugliese
as Gregory Larson
Gergory Pugliese
as Gergory Larson
Brandon Reinhart
as Matt Larson
Matthew Reinhart
as Matt Larson
Lisa Long
as Lisa Madden
Lauren Birkell
as Lauren Madden
Elden Henson
as Elden Madden
Tim Stack
as Morgan Madden
Alice Vaughn
as Alice Stockton
Chase Mackenzie Bebak
as Chase Stockton
Gage Bebak
as Gage Stockton
Amanda Cagney
as Amanda Stockton
Andrea Cagney
as Amanda Stockton
Fred Semmer
as Fred Stockton
Peter Semmer
as Fred Stockton
Joe Conley
as Joe Wally
Aaron Rapke
as Ralph Wally
Vin Martin
as Pilot Al
Garret Davis
as Pilot Blaine
Jay Acovone
as Pilot Peter
Christopher Kriesa
as Pilot Kevin
Fred Smith
as Himself
Michelle Robinson
as FedEx Anchor
Tommy Cresswell
as FedEx Anchor No. 2
Rich Sickler
as FedEx Manager
Derick Alexander
as Taxi Driver
François Duhamel
as French FedEx Loader
Michael Forest
as Pilot Jack
Viveka Davis
as Pilot Gwen
Yelena Papovic
as Beautiful Russian Woman
Valentina Ananyina
as Russian Babushka
Jennifer Choe
as Memphis State Student
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Critic Reviews for Cast Away

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (138) | Rotten (18)

  • Though Hanks comes across as blandly as ever, at least his solid performance shows he's up to carrying half a movie on his own, and Zemeckis' direction is at first as busily efficient as the protagonist.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Hanks's Everyman quality has never been more aptly utilized: He's the perfect stand-in for all of us who never made it to Eagle Scout.

    Sep 26, 2002
  • Cast Away isn't the first to recognize our modern need for primal tales, but it is among the most accomplished. It plugs straight into our unplugged fantasies.

    Mar 19, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Hanks conducts a master class in acting by showing a man losing his sense of himself in fractional gradations.

    Jun 4, 2001
  • For much of the time, Hanks is on screen by himself, his only dialogue addressed to an inanimate ball. A lesser performer would have made it an unendurable ordeal.

    Apr 16, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    George Perry
    Top Critic
  • The scenes of Hanks' complete isolation on the island, where barely a sound is heard for minutes at a time, are the best thing about Cast Away.

    Dec 22, 2000

Audience Reviews for Cast Away

  • Jun 22, 2016
    This film is pretty much the one man show of Tom Hanks. I think Wilson the volleyball gets more screen time than Helen Hunt. Tom Hanks does an amazing job as a FedEx employee that is trapped on a desert island by himself after a plane crash. And no there aren't any smoke monsters, polar bears, or mysterious hatches either.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2016
    A great survival-on-an-island movie. Tom Hanks is superb. A sad story, but one that most people will like.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2012
    Probably one of the best disaster emotional films ever. A classic game of survival that is played absolutely perfectly.
    Scott G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2012
    WILSON!!!! WILSON!!!!!!!
    Joshua W Super Reviewer

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